AUG 3, 2018 (BE2C2): A Pakistani engineer has designed a system to help developing countries avoid fuel imports by making ethanol with the millions of tons of straw that are wasted each year.
Syed Hussain Abid who has done his Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College London, says the country produces over 50 million tons of straw from sugarcane and barley, which are untapped source of fuel — ethanol, and can be utilized to generate carbon-free income stream.
Presently, Pakistan spends over $20 billion in importing fuels from other countries.
Abid says he fuel can be extracted from a process he calls Al-Barr and down the road he expects to produce hybrid vehicles and stoves that utilize ethanol as fuel and combine the idea later with solar energy.
The first production car running entirely on ethanol was the Fiat 147, introduced in 1978 in Brazil by Fiat.
The ethanol can also be exported, experts say.
According to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the U.S. is the major export market for ethanol. The major import countries of ethanol from the U.S. are China, India, South Korea, Canada, and Brazil, among others.
Latin America is the second largest market for ethanol, accounting for over 35% share, in terms of revenue, wherein, Brazil holds a major share in the region.
The global ethanol market is predicted to grow USD 53.1 billion by 2025.